How to Watch Super Bowl Online and Over-the-Air
It’s that wonderful time of year again where chicken wing prices begin to soar, frogs start singing about beer, and some of the best athletes in the world gather to square off in the biggest football game of the year.
The Super Bowl is right around the corner, and boy is it going to be a great one!
This year the Super Bowl is turning the big 51, and given the two teams that are battling it out, we should expect some of the best football we’ve seen in decades. Facing off will be the New England Patriots vs the Atlanta Falcons.
Now, if you prefer to spend your hard earned money on something other than an astronomically high cable bill, you might be wondering how you can watch the Super Bowl without a cable subscription. In years past, the Super Bowl has been a bit difficult to access; offering up only a few cable TV alternatives to viewers. But this year, I am happy to report, it’s never been easier.
This year’s Super Bowl broadcast honors goes to FOX; who have gone out of their way to make this game available to everyone. You will be able to catch Super Bowl 51 on your local FOX affiliate on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2016 at 2:50 PM PT.
Now here’s how you can watch Super Bowl 51 without cable:
Sometimes the old ways are best, and in this instance that statement has never been truer. The easiest way to watch the Super Bowl without cable is to purchase a simple over-the-air (OTA) antenna. With a modern HD OTA antenna, like the Leaf, you can get all of the major broadcast networks (CBS, ABC, etc…) in 1080i HD for free; minus the initial cost of the antenna.
This year FOX has earned the right to broadcast the big game. So simply plugin your Antenna and enjoy the entertainment for free and in HD.
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ii. Stream Online with Fox Sports Go
This year the Super Bowl will stream on Fox Sports Go for free (no cable subscription needed). Not every device on the market is supported, but since they cover all the major platforms, you should be good to go come game day.
Only thing I would caution you on is that millions will be trying to access this feed come Sunday. So if you have a bunch of people coming over, you may want to find a more reliable source; or at least have a plan B. Also worth noting is that good trying to watch this feed on a big screen will be less than spectacular. You really want to secure an HD signal if possible.
In addition, customers of Verizon will be able to stream the Super Bowl for free via the NFL Mobile app.
iii. NFL Game Pass
NFL Game Pass (overview article) is an online streaming service created by, you guessed it, the NFL. With NFL Game Pass you will easily be able to stream the Super Bowl, but there’s one catch: You have to wait until AFTER the game airs. Plus, you don’t get to watch all of the Super Bowl commercials that everyone will inevitably be talking about on Monday morning.
But, and this is a big but, there’s a lot more to NFL Game Pass than meets the eye. With Game Pass, you can watch every NFL from 2009 to present, you get access to NFL shows, stats, classic Super Bowls, and more. NFL Game Pass might not be your #1 go-to option here, but if you love football it’s worth looking into; especially with the impending Super Bowl.
One year subscription costs $99, but you can also give a free trial so it’s worth a look.
iv. (Bonus) Super Bowl 50 in Spanish on Sling TV
Last year, for the first time ever, ESPN Deportes aired Super Bowl 51 LIVE to Spanish-speaking fans (2015 press release) via the Sling Latino package. Customers had access to ESPN Deportes’ week-long Super Bowl coverage and you can still sign up now for their 7-day Free Trial.
Not mention of this being offered for the 2017 Super Bowl, but give it a few weeks. I am confident an announcement will be released any day.
How to Listen to the Super Bowl
Some of us just want to turn on the game and listen to it while we get a few things done in the garage. For the always-working folks, we have 3 ways to listen to the big game: TuneIn, Westwood One Sports, and SiriusXM NFL Radio.
Watching the Super Bowl Without Cable
Regardless of your viewing choice, rest assured that whatever you pick will still be better than relying on cable to give you the sport you love. After all, why pay hundreds of dollars a month for something you could watch for free? It doesn’t make sense, but cutting the cord does.
What are your Super Bowl Picks this year? Falcons or Patriots? Will Mr. Trump make an appearance due to his close ties with the Patriots? Sound off in the comment below or send us a tweet!